The Heroes of Olympus
The Lost Hero 4/5
The Son of Neptune 4.25/5
The Mark of Athena 4.5/5
The Heroes of Olympus is the continuation of adventures following on from Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. These books focus on the characters, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank as they attempt to complete quests regarding the New Great Prophecy. At the end of the end of The Last Olympian, Rachel, the new Oracle speaks the New Great Prophecy.
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call
To storm or fire, the world must fall
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death
The Heroes of Olympus brings together the Greek and Roman aspects of the Gods, which adds a new dimension to the story, as the Gods have sometimes shifted between their Greek and Roman forms. This has led to demi-gods being born to the different versions of the Gods, and they inherit different characteristics and throughout history the Greeks and Romans have been enemies. But the line ‘And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death’ suggests that Greek and Roman demi-gods will have to co-operate in order to defeat Gaia.
The Lost Hero brings a new set of heroes together: Jason, Piper and Leo. Jason has had his memories stolen, Piper’s father has been captured by the giant, Enceladus and Leo is dealing with a guilty conscience as they embark on their first quest together. The Lost Hero is similar to the Lightening Thief to the extent that new friendships are formed between the triumvirate of heroes; Riordan uses first person perspective to extremely good effect as the audience becomes attached, sympathetic and supportive of each character. Piper’s father has been captured by Enceladus and the goddess Hera is also incapacitated with her powers being drained to help the rise of legendary giant, Porphyrion. On their quest to save Hera and Piper’s father, they are met by a series of Gods and monsters, some of which are meant to be dead. The three of them have been brought together as part of an elaborate plan made by Hera/Juno to defeat Gaia. This is an engaging start to this pentalogy and I really enjoyed the first person perspective and the introduction of Gods and monsters from mythology that the three of them meet on their way.
The Son of Neptune sees the return of the main protagonist, Percy Jackson. This time he is accompanied by Hazel and Frank. Percy like Jason has had his memory taken away by Hera and he ends up at Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent to Camp Half-Blood. The only thing that he remembers from his past is his girlfriend, Annabeth. The three of them are assigned a ‘suicidal’ quest to Alaska, the one place where the Gods hold no power, to free the God of Death. Not only do they have to complete this quest, they also have to return by the Feast of Fortuna to help defend Camp Jupiter from Gaia’s army led by the giant, Polybotes. Along the way we learn of Frank’s immense vulnerability and power, Hazel’s second chance at life and how she has a personal experience with the undefeatable giant that waits for them in Alaska. The Son of Neptune is a thrilling and unpredictable ride and the ending is fiery brilliant which sets up the next adventure in this awesome series.
The Mark of Athena sees the seven people chosen for the prophecy on a quest together for the first time. The quest takes them to Rome for three things: to prevent the destruction of Rome, to save Nico D’Angelo and to find the Mark of Athena. This is my favourite book of the series so far because of the sheer scale of their task, the amount of adventures in Rome and on the way and the developing friendships and romances aboard the Argo II. It also sees Percy and Annabeth’s relationship reconvene and there are a plethora of heart-wrenching feelings that are shared whenever Riordan focuses on either of them. The seven of them encounter an abundance of Gods and monsters as they make their way to Rome, while in Rome, each of them play a pivotal role in the outcome of this quest. I felt this book explored each hero’s feelings deeply and concisely creating a close connection between the characters and the reader. Also, I found the tasks that the heroes undertook were more challenging and required greater wisdom and co-operation from the heroes. These aspects grew as the story progressed and this was reciprocated by the friendships formed on the Argo II which will stand them in good stead for their next quest.
When the 8th October arrives I will be rushing into my nearest bookshop to purchase House of Hades not only because I am a massive fan of the series but also because of the truly edge-of-the-seat ending which left me aching to find out what happens next.